Regardless of the purpose for which you’re using a spotting scope, the long-time leader is Swarovski. In the ATS and STS 80 HD with 20-60X, the hunter or birder will find the best spotting scope.
For those first opening their eyes to the intricate world of birding or going out to the field for the first time to learn what hunting is all about, having the best equipment is not necessarily essential. As we grow in our interest and abilities, however, we find our needs for better equipment expands as well. There comes a moment for the true aficionado when only the very best products can accomplish the tasks we set for ourselves.
In this review we’ll take a close look at two of the ultimate expressions in spotting scopes: the ATS and STS 80 HD Swarovski Optik spotting scopes with the 20-60X eyepiece. The ATS and STS are essential the same scope, one with an angled housing and the other a straight housing. We’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the two body styles, take a look at the specs of the two scopes, examine how they perform in the field, and listen to what reviewers have to say about them.